Sunday, March 17, 2013

Those Girls



Those Girls
By
Lisa A.Williams


They found each other
in poverty
the likes of which they shared
 tattered clothes,
grass stained knees,
boy cut hair
to save mother’s time-
So she could linger
in the shadows,
living someone elses
made for TV life.
Hopscotch –
jumps never reaching far enough
to find freedom seemingly
only a stone’s throw away.
Spaghetti O’s and wonder bread
the staples of youth,
teeth decaying in revolt
of silencing sweets.
and still those girls
grew, believing
the charming prince would one day
swoop them up in rescue
and dinner would be more
than angry eyes
And
“Milk Toast”.

19 comments:

  1. Lisa, you have definitely given a face to poverty. Spaghettio's and Wonder Bread. I do remember Wonder Bread, loved it as a child, couldn't force myself to eat it now. All children have their dreams, don't they? Some make it to them, and some don't. I hope these girls eventually did....maybe they eventually discovered they didn't need to rely on that handsome prince, but could do it on their own??? One can hope...and dream...even in poems.

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  2. Thanks, Mary. I hope their dreams came true as well.

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  3. Powerful and profound...lovely writing, with an ache behind the words that leaves an impact!

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  4. Ahhhh aching and vivid and smooth as raw silk...an exquisite poem -thank you for sharing it

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  5. This is an edited repost, right? I know I've read it...and loved it...you capture these heartaches so beautifully.

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. I've been working on some new stuff, hopefully it will be ready to post soon.

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  6. poverty
    so close to
    poetry
    maybe that is what they share today.

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    1. Poverty can certainly inspire poetry for sure. Thank you for your comment.

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  7. So well done -- strengthened because we know that the dreams do not come true. Poverty breeds poverty -- all too often.

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    1. Sad but true, hopefully those girls escaped. Thank you for your comment.

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  8. Lisa....you wrote on a sensitive topic so effortlessly:) as always, you shine. It is heartrending.
    Beautifully penned.

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  9. I love this. I felt it. I felt what they felt.

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  10. This feels so effortless in its flow--your work is just so lovely!

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